Scale name: Perceived Retirement Savings Adequacy
Description: This 3-item scale taps the extent to which individuals believe they are saving adequately to support themselves in retirement.
Source: Van Dalen, H. P., Henkens, K., & Hershey, D. A. (2010). Perceptions and expectations of pension savings adequacy: A comparative study of Dutch and American workers. Ageing and Society, 30(5), 731-754.
Cronbach's alphas: 0.83 (American sample); 0.74 (Dutch sample)
Response format: Likert-type response format using certainty ratings for item #1 (see below). Item numbers 2 and 3 use a five-item agreement scale (1 = strongly disagree; 5 = strongly agree) .
Instructions: Using the five-point scales provided, please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.
1. Do you think you will have enough money to live comfortably throughout retirement?
__ Certainly not __ Probably not __ Maybe __ Probably __ Yes, certainly
2. I expect to have a good retirement income.
3. I am saving enough to retire comfortably.